Our quest for holiness does not end when we accept Christ as Lord and Savior. This is when it begins.
You may have heard it said that you should behave in a Holy manner because Christ could return at any time. I don’t see this as a sign of Holiness. Imagine you told your spouse that you had an opportunity to cheat on him or her, but didn’t because you were afraid you would get caught. Do you think that would please your spouse? If the only reason you are devoted to your spouse is out of fear of getting caught, I would suggest that marriage is in deep trouble. The immediacy of Christ’s return is not what makes us Holy. The fear of being caught is not the same as the fear of God. Even a thief or an adulterer has the fear of being caught. True Holiness is out of love for God, not out of fear of being caught by God. Jesus didn’t say, ‘I may come suddenly so keep My commands’, but He did say, “If you love Me you will obey what I command.” (John 14: 15)
Of course, only God is Holy. We can only become Holy through our relationship with Christ. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (II Corinthians 5: 21) Only through this relationship with Christ can we grow in our own Holiness. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12: 14) Amazingly, it was the Lord who took the first step to draw us from our earthly lifestyle, and by accepting His grace offering, and with the help of the Holy Spirit we can separate from our old selves and begin to lead a more Holy lifestyle. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12: 2)
Understand, our quest for holiness does not end when we accept Christ as Lord and Savior. This is when it begins. “As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy because I am holy.’” (I Peter 1: 14-15) So, as Christians we try daily to conform to the perfect and holy life exemplified by Jesus Christ. This sets us apart from the people of this world. Of course, the flesh is weak, and we cannot live that perfect sinless life, but we constantly try to follow the Holy Spirit and confess our sins when we fail. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” (I Peter 1: 9)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Dan is a graduate of Otterbein College (now University). He graduated with a degree in education. From time to time Dan still substitute teaches. His interest in history led him to investigate the historical accuracy of the Bible. This, in turn, led to a full investigation of Apologetics.